January 2008

   I’ve been absent from the blog for several days now, as you may have noticed. The explanation has nothing to do with mysteries or crime fiction or paperback covers, but I’d like to offer one anyway.

   It was a week ago that Evelyn Ahlberg died. She and my wife Judy taught math together at the University of Connecticut’s Hartford branch for over 30 years, and over that time she and her husband Don had become our very close friends.

   In her early 70s, Evelyn had retired but had come back to teach one course a semester.

   She died very suddenly, struck down by previously undiscovered heart problem while swimming. Judy and I received the news last Monday while eating dinner out. Since then we’ve been helping Don contact her friends and people she knew, which is redundant, because everyone she knew became a friend quickly.

   We’ll miss her tremendously. We already do.

Hi Steve,

Thought you might be interested in seeing the following:


Everyone here frets about the British postal service but sometimes they do come up with some exciting things.




Hi Tise

I’d heard about these. They’re long stamps with four covers for each of the books used, one apparently the first British hardcover, the second an early Pan paperback, the third I’m not sure about, but the fourth ones are taken from the most recent set of trade paperbacks. Quite unusual, to say the least and, I’d be willing to wager, quite a money-maker for the postal service.

On the Yahoo FictionMags group, Phil Stephensen-Payne wonders if this is the first time that book or magazine covers have been featured on a series of stamps. Good question.

I used to collect stamps, so I’m tempted to purchase a set, but I long ago decided I’d better stick to one hobby, and collecting books it’s been ever since.


James Bond stamps
James Bond stamps

[UPDATE.] 01-09-08. Thanks, and a tip of the cap to Gordon Van Gelder, also from the FictionMags group:

Gone with the Wind

[UPDATE] 01-10-08. From Jamie Sturgeon:


The Royal Mail issued on July 17 last year a set of Harry Potter stamps featuring all the covers of the books. On the James Bond issue, the 3rd set of covers you could not identify were, according to the Royal Mail website, designed by Barnett Plotkin (and were on p/bs published in the US by Jove in the 1980s).


James Bond stamps

   Still working with some “A” authors tonight, alphabetically speaking, as I was a few days ago, but this time from Part 4. One of these authors is rather well-known, but if you are a reader of vintage western fiction, you will recognize the name of another far more readily.

ADAMS, LETA ZOE. 1900-1953. Correction of both dates. [Also see the comment from Victor Berch.] Author of a number of stories for the romance and western pulp magazines in the 1930s and 40s. Of five novels to her credit, two for Young Adults, one is a mystery included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Mirror Murder. Phoenix Press, hc, 1937. Setting: Washington state. Leading characters: Elsa Kent and Sheriff Alex Boone.

Leta Zoe Adams: Mirror Murder

      -Kane and Abel. TV movie [mini-series]: CBS, 1985 (scw: Robert W. Lenski; dir: Buzz Kulik)
      Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. TV movie: USA, 1990 (scw: Sherman Yellen; dir: Clive Donner). [Archer’s first novel, said to have been inspired by his real-life experience of near-bankruptcy.]

Archer: Not a Penny More

ARRIGHI, MEL. 1933-1986. Born in San Francisco; a professional actor for many years before turning to writing. Author of three plays produced in New York City and 12 novels, nine of which are included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. A TV movie was adapted from one; see below.
      Alter Ego. Add TV movie: CBS, 1987, as Murder by the Book (scw: Michael Norell; dir; Mel Damski). Leading character: D. H. ‘Hank’ Mercer/Biff Deegan (Robert Hays). [A writer’s private eye creation appears to him as being real.]

ARTHUR, BUDD. Add: Pseudonym of Herbert Arthur, Jr., 1928- , who may have been born Herbert Arthur Shapiro, Jr. He was the son of western writer Herbert Arthur Shapiro, 1899-1975, who changed his name to Herbert Arthur. Both Burt and Budd Arthur were prolific writers of western fiction; after Budd began writing, they often wrote in collaboration. Confusing the matter of what their names were when is that their original last name was often spelled Shappiro. See Steve Holland’s blog for more information on their careers and a checklist of their western fiction, which sometimes appeared as by Cliff Campbell. There are two entries for Budd Arthur in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV, both apparently crime or gangster novels. See below.
      The Big Squeeze. Bouregy (Mystery House), hc, 1956. Phantom, Australia, pb, 1959. Add setting: Midwest; “Rock City.” Leading character: NYC cop David Ware.
      Swiftly to Evil. World Distributors, UK, pb, 1960. Setting: New York City.

AUERBACH, JESSICA (LYNN) (née SCHWARTZ). 1947- . Born in New Jersey; married Joshua Auerback, 1969. Author of four novels, two of which are included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      Catch Your Breath. Putnam, hc, 1996. Headline, UK, 1996. [A young mother is accused of abusing her chronically ill two-year-old son.]
      Sleep, Baby, Sleep. Putnam, hc, 1994. Headline, UK, 1994. Setting: Connecticut. Add TV movie: ABC, 1995 (scw: John Gray; dir: Armand Mastroianni). [A woman leaves her six-week-old baby girl unattended for five minutes.] Shown is the US paperback edition from Fawcett Crest.

Auerbach: Sleep Baby Sleep

   Rightly or wrongly, this cover reminds me of the jackets of British adventure novels of the 1920s and 30s. The artwork was done by Winslow Pinney Pels, while the overall cover design was by Louise Fili. I’ve found no website for Mr. Pels, but his primary work seems to have been for children’s books. The cover at hand, while almost suitable for a boys’ aviation novel, appears to me to be just a little more “adult” than that.

   Perhaps I’m wrong.

   As for James McClure, I included a bibliography for him on the main Mystery*File website along with a short obituary I did for him when he died. I’ve obtained a sizable number of his books since then, but sad to say, I’ve not yet read any of them. This one, perhaps, after reading the back cover blurb below, may be the first.

McCLURE Blood of an Englishman

Pantheon. Paperback reprint, April 1982. British First Edition: Macmillan, 1980. US hardcover: Harper & Row, 1981.

      From the back cover:

Six days into their search for the man who put a .32-caliber bullet into a South African antique dealer, neither Kramer of the Murder Squad nor his Bantu assistant, Zondi, has a single lead in the case. On the seventh day, Mrs. Digby-Smith opens the trunk of her car and discovers the hideous, tied-up corpse of her younger brother. Two violent crimes — seemingly unconnected. But as Kramer and Zondi pursue their investigation, startling connections turn up in the sordid underworld of Trekkersburg and in the secret, unresolved enmities of World War II.

“An altogether superior piece of work … McClure’s ability to create convincing characters, a wry sense of humor, and the rather exotic locale [puts this series] at the top of its class.”     Newgate Callander, The New York Times

“The concluding scene is one rarely matched for slashing irony and sheer impact.”     Publishers Weekly

“This well-plotted, well-written murder mystery is exceptional … sometimes grim, sometimes sourly comic, always shocking.”     Atlantic Monthly

   I spent some time with Part 21 this afternoon, largely in the S’s. There’s a PI series of sorts that Kevin Burton Smith doesn’t know about, yet, but what I also came across Van Siller, a writer with a lengthy career and over 20 books to her credit. There’s very little to be discovered about her on the Internet, and I have the strong feeling that she’s very nearly been forgotten.

FARROW, MICHAEL DAVID. 1944- . Pseudonym: Tommy Sledge, q.v.

HOWE, DORIS KATHLEEN. 1904-1994. Add as a new author entry. Ref: CA. English author of many works of romantic fiction under her own name and as Mary Munro & Kay Stewart. Joint pseudonym with sister Muriel Howe: Newlyn Nash, q.v.

HOWE, MURIEL. Maiden name and working byline of Muriel Howe Smithies, ca.1912-. Add tentative year of birth; also add joint pseudonym with sister Doris Kathleen Howe, 1904-1994: Newlyn Nash, qq.v. As Muriel Howe, the author of two mystery novels included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Affair at Falconers. Macdonald, UK, hc, 1957.
      Pendragon. Macdonald, UK, hc, 1958.

NASH, NEWLYN. Add as a new author entry. Joint pseudonym of sisters Doris Kathleen Howe, 1904-1994, and Muriel Howe [Muriel Howe Smithies] ca.1912- , qq.v. Under this pen name, the author of two romance novels with strong criminous content.
      The Affair at Claife Manor. John Gresham, UK, hc, 1963. [The disappearance of a woman is invesigated by her brother.]
      Wild Garlic. John Gresham, UK, hc, 1962. Setting: Mediterranean Island.

SILLER, VAN. Pseudonym of Hilda van Siller, 1911-1982, q.v. Under this pen name, an American writer and author of more than 20 crime and mystery novels published between 1943 and 1974, some only in the UK. Series characters: Richard Massey (2 books), Allan Stewart (3 books), and Pete Rector (2 books). Massey appears in her first book (Echo of a Bomb, Doubleday Crime Club, 1943), which was a wartime espionage affair taking place in New York City and Virginia; its cover is shown below.

Van Siller: Echo of a Bomb

      The Red Geranium. Hammond, UK, hc, 1966. Delete: not criminous.

SKINNER, MICHAEL. 1924- . Pseudonym: Nicholas Spain, q.v.; other pseudonyms: Alix De Marquand, Cynthia Hyde. Under his own name, the author of three crime thrillers included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. All three were published in the UK by Robert Hale between 1978 and 1983.

SLEDGE, TOMMY. Add as a new author entry. Pseudonym of Michael David Farrow, 1944- , q.v. Occupation, under this name: actor, “standup detective.” Besides his longtime stage routine – sample lines: “I just rolled into town. Boy, do my sides hurt.” – the author of two humorous private eye novels. SC: Tommy Sledge, in both titles. His short radio plays have also aired on stations across the country as Tommy Sledge’s Dime Novel.

Tommy Sledge, PI

      Eat Lead, Clown! Full Court Press, pb, 1987. “This is one gumshoe who’s in over his head – in hilarious hijinks and murderous mirth!”
      Kiss It or Die! Private Shadow Press, pb, 1995.

SMITHIES, MURIEL HOWE. ca.1912- . Working byline: Muriel Howe, q.v.

SPAIN, NICHOLAS. Pseudonym of Michael Skinner, 1924- , q.v. Under this pen name, the author of two crime novels included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV.
      Name Your Vice. Kozy Books, pb, 1963. Delete the dash previously assigned. Add setting: New York City.

Spain: Name Your Vice

      Wine, Women & Bullets. Kozy Books, pb, 1963.

van SILLER, HILDA. 1911-1982. Pseudonym: Van Siller, 1911-1982, q.v.

   In all honesty, only one of these authors was familiar to me before this evening, but now that I’ve met them, all of their books sound interesting. Not that I’m likely to come across the work of one of them, but then again, one never knows. These all came from Part 19, by the way, working at the top of the page, or needn’t I have mentioned that?

ABDOH, SALAR. 1965- . Confirm correct date of birth. Graduate of U. of Calif. and CCNY; born in Iran and living in NYC. Author of one work of fiction included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Poet Game. Picador, pb, 2000. Setting: New York City. [A young agent is sent by a top-secret Iranian government agency to infiltrate a group of Islamic extremists in New York and thwart a terrorist attack.]

Abdoh: Poet Game

ABEL, JOEL S. 1938- . Confirm correct date of birth. Author of one book included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Jonah Game. Curtis, pb, 1973.

ABSHIRE, RICHARD K(YLE). 1945- . Add full middle name and year of birth. A former member of the Dallas Police Department; presently a reporter for The Dallas Morning News’ Garland bureau. Joint pseudonym with William R. Clair: Terry Marlow, q.v. Under his own name, the author of three cases for private eye Jack Kyle; and in collaboration with William R. Clair again, two adventures of a gent named Gants, a private eye whose cases took on supernatural overtones. Abshire also wrote one book in the men’s adventure series Talon Force under the house name Cliff Garnett. A paperback cover of one of the Jack Kyle books is shown below.

Abshire: Dallas Drop

ABSINTHE, PERE. Add as a new author’s entry. Pseudonym of George C. Kelly, 1849-1895; other pseudonym: Harold Payne, qq.v.
      Who Shot Chief Hennessy? Street & Smith, 1902. Setting: New Orleans. (Novelized true crime.)

Pere Absinthe

ADAMS, ERIC J. This combines two entries previously listed separately with the bylines now correctly identified. A producer, director, screenwriter, award-winner journalist, and novelist with three crime thrillers included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      Birdland [as by Eric Adams]. Hodder & Stoughton, UK, hc, 1997. Setting: California. “Katie Jacobs travels to Bodega Bay, California, where Hitchcock filmed the movie The Birds, in search of her long-lost brother … [he] has come under the spell of Madame Charay, a wealthy eccentric obsessed with the Master of Suspense.”

Eric Adams: Birdland

      Loss of Innocence. Avon, US, pb, 1991. Setting: Colorado, 1983. [Novelized true crime: Two young girls are murdered by another child, a 13-year-old neighbor boy.]
      Plot Twist [as by Eric Adams]. St. Martin’s, US, pb, 1995. Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 1995. [When the son of a true crime writer is kidnapped, the kidnappers demand the writer’s severed hands as a ransom payment.]

Eric Adams: Plot Twist

KELLY, GEORGE C. Add pseudonym: Pere Absinthe; other pseudonym: Harold Payne, qq.v.

PAYNE, HAROLD. Pseudonym of George C. Kelly, 1849-1895; add new pseudonym: Pere Absinthe, qq.v. Under this name, the author of one title included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Gilded Fly. Price-McGill Co., hc, 1892. Described as “a political satire” by Publishers Weekly, 28 Jan 1893.

   The following author entries come from Part 19 except for the last one, which can be found in Part 3, where I combined two batches of information about Glenn Canary together.

   Most of the names in this post are minor ones, but they’re all interesting people, about whom we know more about than we do others. But one of them has a strong connection with an author included in the last post. There aren’t any prizes for naming him. All you need to do is read on…

CAMACHO, AUSTIN S. 1953- . Correction of birth date; born in New York City. Former US Army broadcast journalist; author of one private eye novel included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. Leading character: Hannibal Jones, a “troubleshooter [and] a self-styled knight errant in dark glasses.” Jones has appeared in three other books since 2000.
      Blood and Bone. Buy Books on the Web, pb, 1999. Add revised edition: Echelon Press, pb, 2006. [See comment below.] Add setting: Washington DC/Baltimore. [Jones is hired to track down a man whose son needs a bone-marrow transplant.]

Camacho: Blood and Bone

CAMERON, JULIA (B.) 1948- . Correction of birth date; born in Illinois. Artist, poet, filmmaker, composer, playwright and essayist; married to and divorced from movie director and producer Martin Scorsese. Of two works of fiction, one is included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Dark Room (Carroll & Graf, hc, 1998. Carroll & Graf, UK, hc, 1999. Setting: Chicago IL. Leading character: veteran Chicago homicide cop Elliott Mayo. “A gruesome murder lifts the lid on the sleazy underworld of child pornography.”

Cameron: The Dark Room

CAMERON, MONTGOMERY (F.) 1930- . Add middle initial and year of birth. Author of one book included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Ugly Woman. Vantage, US, hc, 1966. “A tale of passionate terror.”

CAMP, (CHARLES) WADSWORTH. 1879-1936. Born in Philadelphia PA. A journalist, writer and foreign correspondent whose lungs were said to have been damaged by exposure to mustard gas during World War I. Father of writer Madeleine L’Engle, 1918-2007, q.v. Author of six titles included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below. [Films based on these books are omitted from this entry.]
      The Abandoned Room. Doubleday, hc, 1917. Jarrolds, UK, hc, 1919. “A murder is solved by Carlos Paredes, the Panamanian Sherlock Holmes.”
      The Communicating Door. Doubleday, hc, 1923. Story collection (ghost tales).
      -The Forbidden Years. Doubleday, hc, 1930.
      The Gray Mask. Doubleday, hc, 1920. SC: Jim Garth. Setting: New York. Collection of seven connected novelets, untitled. “Mystery novel of a detective who falls in love with the chief of police’s daughter.”

Camp: Grey Mask

      The House of Fear. Doubleday, hc, 1916. Hodder, UK, hc, 1917. Setting: New York; theatre. Also published as: Last Warning (Readers Library, 1929).
      _The Last Warning. Readers Library, UK, hc, 1929. See: The House of Fear (Doubleday, 1916)
      Sinister Island. Dodd Mead, hc, 1915. Setting: Louisiana.

CAMPBELL, ARMINE. 1949- . Add confirmed year of birth. Author of one mystery novel included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      Getting Away with Murder. Vantage, US, hc, 1976.

Campbell: Getting Away with Murder

CAMPBELL, HARLEN (JOSEPH). 1945- . Correction of date of birth; delete previously suggested year of death. Add full middle name. Lives in Albuquerque; author of one book included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      Monkey on a Chain. Doubleday, hc, 1993. Setting: New Mexico. Leading character: Rainbow Potter, throwback to the outlaw heroes of the Old West. “To his door comes lovely Eurasian April Bow, adopted daughter of one of his Vietnam buddies, to appeal for help.” The image shown is that of a recent trade paperback reprint edition (Poisoned Pen Press, 1999).

Campbell: Monkey on a Chain

CANARY, BRENDA BROWN. 1945- . Add year of birth. Author of one crime/horror novel included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Voice of the Clown. Avon, US, pb, 1982. [No hardcover edition.] Avon, UK, pb, 1983. “Little Laura is so adorable. Why is her mother so terrified?”

CANARY, (HILARY) GLENN. 1934- . Add first name and year of birth. One time news reporter for Massillon Evening Independent (Ohio); later worked in the Doubleday book club department. Besides a number of short stories that appeared in Manhunt and Alfred Hitchcock’s Magazine, the author of two paperback originals previously listed in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV plus the one indicated by an asterisk (*) below.
      The Prefect Plot. Pinnacle, pb, 1974. [Alan Prefect and his wife Ann, doing twenty years in prison, are offered a deal: infiltrate a Middle East terrorist group and walk away from their sentences.] A review appears on August West’s blog, Vintage Hardboiled Reads.

Canary: Prefect Plot

      * The Trailer Park Girls. Monarch, 1962. Setting: Ohio. [Three women meet three men who are planning a $30,000 robbery.]

Canary: Trailer Park Girls

      A Walk in the Jungle. Pinnacle, pb, 1975. “There was no question in his mind-his wife had been killed by a pro […] and Sam should know, since he was a pro himself.”

   During the past year, until I found myself squeezed for time, I often posted lengthy death notices for mystery writers who’d recently passed away. Two that I regret not being able to do at the time were James Leasor and Madeleine L’Engle, whose deaths are mentioned in Part 19 of the Addenda.

   You’ll find a much longer obituary for Mr. Leasor by Ali Karim on The Rap Sheet blog, which I highly recommend you go read. Madeleine L’Engle is, of course, hardly best known for her crime or mystery fiction. She was a major figure in literature, probably with a capital L, even if much of it was written for (and enjoyed by) Young Adults.

   Michael Z. Lewin is still with us, perhaps I should hasten to add. He’s here only because of alphabetical propinquity — that plus some updating of the series characters who have appeared in his many mystery novels.

LEASOR, (THOMAS) JAMES. 1923-2007. Pseudonym: Andrew MacAllan, q.v. Under his own name, the author of over 20 crime and espionage adventures included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. Called into service as a top British agent in nine of these novels and one story collection was Dr. Jason Love, otherwise an ordinary English country doctor. David Niven played the role in Where the Spies Are, a film based on Passport to Oblivion (Heineman, 1964). The unnamed owner of Aristo Autos narrated three of Leasor’s thrillers with racing car backgrounds, one of which Dr. Love also appeared. Another movie was based on The One That Got Away by Leasor and Kendal Burt (Collins/Michael Joseph, 1956), a non-fictional account of the only German who escaped a British POW camp.

Where the Spies Are

      Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes? Heinemann, UK, hc, 1983. Houghton Mifflin, US, hc, 1983. Setting: Bahamas, 1943. [Novelized true crime.] Add: TV movie [2-part mini-series]: Picture Base International, 1989, as Passion and Paradise (scw: Andrew Laskos; dir: Harvey Hart).

L’ENGLE, MADELEINE. 1918-2007. Name at birth: Madeleine L’Engle Camp. Married actor Hugh Franklin in 1946. While the author of many books, best known for her Young Adult fiction, often of a science-fictional or fantasy nature. Of primary note is A Wrinkle in Time, winner of a Newbery Award, and its several sequels. Two of her works of fiction are included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV. See below.
      The Arm of the Starfish. Ariel Books, hc, 1965. Setting: Portugal. [A young college student who has been chosen to assist the famous Doctor O’Keefe in his experiments off the coast of Portugal soon finds himself an unwitting pawn in a dangerous game.]

L'Engle: Arm of the Starfish

      -A Severed Wasp. Farrar Straus & Giroux, hc, 1982. Farrar Straus & Giroux, UK, hc, 1984. Setting: New York City; church.

LEWIN, MICHAEL Z(INN). 1942- . Author of many detective novels taking place in Indianapolis IN; the primary sleuth is often PI Albert Samson, but appearing in both his cases and ones of their own are Lt. Leroy Powder and probation office Adele Buffington, who is Samson’s girl friend in his first seven books, but by the time of her own solo outing she has broken up with him. Even with the additional SC appearances for Lt. Powder listed below, this may not yet include all of them. A review of Night Cover (Knopf, 1976) here on this blog also discusses these characters and their various appearances. Add SC: Lunghi family = L. [Three generations of an Anglo-Italian family who own and operate a private investigation firm.]
      And Baby Will Fall. Morrow, hc, 1988. British title: Childproof. Macmillan, UK, hc, 1988. Setting: Indianapolis. Add: Leading character: Adele Buffington, who appears in smaller roles in many earlier novels.
      Called by a Panther. Mysterious Press, hc, 1991. Macmillan, UK, hc, 1991. SC: Albert Samson; add SC: Lt. Leroy Powder (in a minor role).

Lewin: Called by a Panther

      _Childproof. Macmillan, UK, hc, 1988. See And Baby Will Fall.
      Family Business. Foul Play Press, US, hc, 1995. Constable, UK, hc, 1995. Setting: England. Add SC: L
      Family Planning. St. Martin’s, hc, 1999. Setting: Bath, England. Add SC: L

Lewin: Family Planning

      Missing Woman. Alfred A. Knopf, hc, 1981. Robert Hale, UK, hc, 1992. SC: Albert Samson; add SC: Lt. Leroy Powder (in a minor role).
      The Silent Salesman. Alfred A. Knopf, hc, 1978. H. Hamilton, UK, hc, 1978. SC: Albert Samson; add SC: Lt. Leroy Powder (in a minor role).
      Underdog. Mysterious Press, hc, 1993. No Exit Press, UK, pb, 1995. Add SC: Lt. Leroy Powder.

MacALLAN, ANDREW. Pseudonym of (Thomas) James Leasor, q.v. To the one title previously included in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV, add the five indicated by the dashes below as having only minimal crime content.
      -Diamond Hard. Headline, UK, 1991. Setting: South Africa.
      -Fanfare. Headline, UK, 1992. Setting: India, Afghanistan.
      Generation. Headline, UK, hc, 1990. Setting: Australia. “Only two voting shares stand between Trinity-Trio, one of the world’s greatest conglomerates, and a totally hostile takeover. The legendary tycoon they call The Australian will stop at nothing to secure them …”

MacAllan: Generation

      -Speculator. Headline, UK, 1993. Setting: Far East.
      -Succession. Headline, UK, 1989.
      -Traders. Headline, UK, 1994.

   Best wishes for health and happiness in the upcoming New Year! This first post for 2008 originally contained the entries for only two authors from Part 22 of the online Addenda, but it soon became apparent that a reference to one additional writer was going to be needed. Then the entry for Mrs. Rinehart was combined with a previous one appearing in Part 3, which is where you will find the expanded entries for both her and for Stephen Vincent Benét.

BENÉT, STEPHEN VINCENT. 1898-1943. American poet, novelist and short story writer. To the two story collections previously cited in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV, add the title indicated with an asterisk (*) below.
      (*) _The Bat: A Novel of the Play [by Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Hopwood]. Benét was the anonymous ghost-author of this title. See the entry for Mary Roberts Rinehart for more information.
      Tales Before Midnight. Farrar & Rinehart, hc, 1939. William Heinemann, UK, hc, 1940. Short story collection, some of them criminous.
      Thirteen O’Clock. Farrar & Rinehart, hc, 1937. William Heinemann, UK, hc, 1938. Short story collection, some of them criminous.

PROWSE, PHILIP. Since 1993 a full-time writer and freelance trainer, directing teachers courses overseas and in Cambridge where he now lives. All titles below intended for adults learning to read; add the ones indicated by an asterisk (*). Add series character: private eye Lenny Samuel, who has also appeared in several similar books published after 2000. This is now the author’s complete entry in the (Revised) Crime Fiction IV.
      * Bristol Murder. Heinemann, UK, 1973, 80pp. Setting: Bristol. [A runaway boy’s uncle has been found dead.]
      Double Cross. Cambridge University Press, UK, pb, 1999, 64pp. [A politician survives an attempted assassination in Stockholm; secret agent Monika Lundgren is instructed to find the people responsible.]
      L.A. Detective. Heinemann, UK, pb, 1993, 16pp. (LS) Add setting: Los Angeles. [Lenny has to make the ransom exchange for a businessman’s kidnapped daughter.]

Prowse: LA Detective

      * The Woman Who Disappeared. Heinemann, pb, 1975, 64pp. (LS) Setting: Los Angeles. [A beautiful blonde woman hires Lenny Samuel to find her missing sister.]

RINEHART, MARY ROBERTS. 1876-1958. Famed author of many mystery novels and short stories written between 1906 and 1953. Links are provided to online etexts of some of the following titles.
      -The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry. Bobbs-Merrill, hc, 1911. Hodder & Stoughton, UK, hc, 1919. SC: Letitia (Tish) Carberry]. Collection of three stories. Add the dash to indicate only marginal crime content. Says Michael Grost of the Tish stories: “comic tale[s] … most of [them] are not constructed as mysteries.”

Rinehart: Tish

      The Bat [with Avery Hopwood, 1884-1928]. New York & London: French, pb, 1932. Published edition of the play based on Rinehart’s novel The Circular Staircase. The play ran for 867 performances between August 23, 1920 and September 1922. Add: TV movie [series episode/Dow Hour of Great Mysteries]: NBC, 1960 (scw: Walter T. Kerr; dir: Paul Nickell). [Note: Although this filmed version is not mentioned, many other adaptations of the book as a play and on film are discussed here on the Mystery*File blog.]
      The Bat: A Novel From the Play [with Avery Hopwood, 1884-1928]. George H. Doran, hc, 1926. Add: Cassell & Co., UK, hc, 1926. Novelization of the play, anonymously written by poet Stephen Vincent Benét, 1898-1943, q.v. The play was based on Rinehart’s novel The Circular Staircase. Also published as: The Bat Whispers (Grosset, 1926). Also note: Most later paperback editions do not mention either Hopwood or Benét as authors; credit is given to Rinehart alone.

Rinehart: The Bat

      _The Bat Whispers. Grosset & Dunlap, hc, 1926. A Photoplay edition. See The Bat: A Novel from the Play.
      The Circular Staircase. Bobbs-Merrill, hc, 1908. Cassell, UK, hc, 1909. The basis for the play The Bat, with Avery Hopwood (French, 1932).
      -Two Flights Up. Doubleday Doran & Co., hc, 1928. Hodder & Stougton, UK, hc, 1928. Add the dash to indicate only marginal crime content.
      –Where There’s a Will. Bobbs-Merrill, hc, 1912. Add the dash to indicate only marginal crime content.

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